Anilkumar Dave

“The people of corporations, small and medium enterprises, government bodies and research entities are the real engine!”

Anilkumar Dave (everybody calls him Anil) started his career as ICT Projects Manager between Italy and India before moving to EU funded R&D and Tech. Transf. (TT) initiatives representing public and private bodies and focusing on interaction between Res. and Ind. He has worked in sectors ranging from textile/clothing to footwear, from logistics to households, from FMCGs to Agro-food. After his assignment as “SMEs Innovation and TT policies” officer at the Italian Min. of Econ. Dev. he designed and led the “Research, TT and special projects” department for the largest innovation agency in Italy helping SMEs accessing European and public funds (25+ M€) through collaborative innovation projects. Then he went to SPACE! During his tenure at the Italian Space Agency, Anil launched and directed the “Innovation and TT” Unit working on New Space Economy themes i.e. start-ups, risk finance and VC, IPR etc and later appointed Open Innovation advisor to the president. Currently he is senior partner at the innovation hub INFINITE AREA and member of the advisory board at GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP NETWORK SPACE.